Michael Vick named Eagles starting quarterback

Michael Vick wins Eagles' quarterback competition, will be "starter for the season"

8/20/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick possesses one of the most unique combinations of arm talent and athleticism that the NFL has ever seen, which is why it would have been surprising if anything other than injuries kept him from winning his team's starting quarterback job. Backup Nick Foles has shown flashes of solid quarterback play, but has significantly less upside than Vick, especially in head coach Chip Kelly's uptempo offense.

Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) leaves the field after the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won the game 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsOn Tuesday, what many of us expected to happen was finally announced - the Eagles named Michael Vick their starting quarterback.

Vick would have had to struggle in preseason action to allow Foles to jump him on the depth chart, but he has been nothing but sensational through two exhibition contests. Vick has completed 13-of-15 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. His lone interception was on a Hail Mary.

Foles, on the other hand, was solid but not great. He completed 11-of-14 pass attempts while racking up 96 yards and no touchdowns. What may have buried him in the competition was a crippling red zone interception during the team's second preseason game.

As it appears now, Vick will have a long leash as the starter in Philadelphia, and nothing other than injuries or purely abysmal quarterback play will dethrone him. Head coach Chip Kelly said on Tuesday that Vick is the Eagles' "starter for the season" and that "this isn't a one-game trial basis." When announcing his decision on the starter, Kelly went on to say, "This is a one-quarterback operation. This isn't going to be someone's going to look over their shoulder."

With Vick now entrenched in the starting role, fantasy owners who like to gamble can begin to lick their chops at the opportunity to grab Vick later in drafts. Vick's upside remains sky high when he is starting and healthy in Kelly's offense, and he recently said that Kelly helped him "(fall) in love with the game again." If you're the type who likes to rack up skill position players early and find a quarterback gem later in fantasy drafts, Vick should certainly be on your radar. Just keep in mind the perennial risk of injury.

There has been some speculation that the Eagles could look into trading Foles, but the Philadelphia Inquirer has since reported that it is "extremely unlikely." Having a quality backup is very important in the NFL, especially when your starter is as fragile as Vick. Perhaps the Eagles could explore trade options with Foles if another team's starter goes down with an injury during the season, but for now it looks like Vick and Foles will be the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks for the Eagles in 2013.
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